Film Riot have been one of my favourite YouTube channels for a long time, and I am sure all of you are familiar with their awesome tutorials and entertaining videos. In case you haven’t seen their stuff, you really should so check out the short below and also their youtube channel. For their latest short film, “U.F.Oh Yeah” director Ryan Connolly went for the 70’s Spielberg “Close Encounters..” / JJ Abrams sci-fi look (which in itself owes a lot to Speilberg) for this entertaining and very well made comedic take on alien abduction.
The short was shot on the new Canon C100 Mark II, and despite the limited budget and time, Ryan and his crew managed to pull off a very well made and very cinematic short film with high production value.
Check out “U.F.Oh Yeah” below.
And here you can see the behind the scenes videos, which provide valuable insights to the different aspects of the production from the practical effects, to camera movement, lighting and VFX.
Behind the scenes with the Canon EOS C100 Mark II: Episode One: Pre-production Part 1
Behind the scenes with the Canon EOS C100 Mark II: Episode Two: Pre-production Part 2
Behind the scenes with the Canon EOS C100 Mark II: Episode Three: Camera Movement
Behind the scenes with the Canon EOS C100 Mark II: Episode Four: Lighting for Interiors
Behind the scenes with the Canon EOS C100 Mark II: Episode Five: Visual Effects
Behind the scenes with the Canon EOS C100 Mark II: Episode Six: Lighting for Exteriors
As you’ve seen from the behind the scenes videos and the short itself, you can really pull a great image out of the C100 regardless of mark I or mark II if you light accordingly, have a solid production design and make-up and of course surround yourself with the right crew. I am sure that they could have gotten a really pleasing image even if they’d used a DSLR or any other camera, proving that to make something stand out is more than just shooting on a fancy camera and obsessing over it.
The cinematic look is more than just a camera thing – lighting, movement, and production design play an equally important part of the cinematic process. It’s worth to keep that in mind sometimes, as it is very easy to get lost in the gear and loose track of the big picture.